I back today with a card from another completed class at Altenew Academy. The latest class I’ve completed is Easy Ink Blending Techniques taught by Amy Lee. Since I use ink blending techniques on my cards pretty frequently, I was pretty familiar with most of the techniques presented, but still picked up several very helpful tips. For those who are new to ink blending, I definitely recommend this class!
For this card, I started by creating some DIY patterned paper using the layering flowers from the Vintage Flowers stamp set. The light pink flowers were stamped using Altenew inks in Blush, Frosty Pink, and Cotton Candy. The dark pink flowers were stamped using Blush, Rouge, and Crimson.
I filled in the white space between the flowers with the two small leaves from the Garden Silhouette stamp set using Mountain Mist and Volcano Lake inks. There were still a few gaps left, so I used the dot cluster image from the Crafty Friends stamp set. I stamped the full dot cluster using Volcano Lake and some of the smallest dot in the cluster using Mountain Mist. I just lined up the small dot along the edge of the ink pad to ink it up, so it didn’t even require any masking.
To add a bit of interest, I die cut a border along the left edge of my patterned paper using the largest scallop from the Scallop Stitches Wafer Dies from Simon Says Stamp. Finally, to finish off the focal panel, I stamped the hello sentiment from the Mini Hello stamp set using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I used my Mini MISTI from My Sweet Petunia for this step so I could double stamp it to ensure good solid coverage.
Normally I would use a direct-to-paper inking technique for creating matching cardstock. However, I wanted to keep the look much softer on this card. Using ink blending instead of direct-to-paper inking was the perfect technique for achieving the softer look I was going for on this card.
I wanted to tie in the pale aqua color I used as an accent on the focal panel. Using one of the Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios, I blended some Mountain Mist ink on some white cardstock. I blended a piece a bit larger than I actually needed so I could trim away the darker blended area around the edges which also helped keep the look really soft.
To assemble the card, I created a top-folding card base from some white cardstock. I adhered the ink blended panel along the left side of the card front with some liquid glue. Finally, I adhered the focal panel along the right side of the card front using some foam tape for a bit of added dimension.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I hope you enjoyed the project I’ve shared. Until next time …